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Teacher dropouts in Hawaii

from Honolulu Star-Advertiser

More than half of Hawaii's public school teachers leave within five years of being hired, a sobering statistic the state is scrambling to address at a time when experienced teachers are needed to help turn around struggling schools, meet federal requirements for "highly qualified" teachers and reach ambitious school reform goals. At the same time, the state is bracing for a wave of retiring baby boomer teachers and principals. And while seeking to retain teachers, the Department of Education is also asking more of them, boosting learning expectations for Hawaii kids and moving to hold educators more accountable for student growth. more

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